pinned him! Smack on the front pad, but Naseem reviews... England were already scattering in celebration but will have to regroup. Looks pretty straight on the replay. It was caught at silly point, too, so an inside edge won't save Naseem. No bat involved, what does ball-tracking say....? Time stands still in Pindi. Hitting leg stump, that's it. England have won this reality-warping Test, by 74 runs with the shadows lengthening!
5.15pm: Crash! Bang! Wallop! What a
video Test match! Time for us to draw the curtains on an extraordinary game in Rawalpindi. England's Bazball buccaneers are rewriting both the rule and the record books, and all we have to do is get the popcorn in. Can they lift themselves to do it all again in Multan in a few days' time? Can't wait to find out - even if the pitch is another road. In the meantime, I'll point you in the direction of Valkerie's report, and say thanks for the comments throughout. From myself, Miller, Thilak and Chandan, it's cheerio for now. We'll be back for more on Friday morning. Byeeeeeeeeee!
5pm: Time for the Pindi presentations. Player of the Match is... Ollie Robinson. Well, okay, batters did score runs for fun. "The pitch wasn't that favourable for the seamers but we managed to get the ball going and toiled way. We left nothing behind. We had to be patient at times, knew if we got fresh batters in against the reversing ball we could go bang-bang. The batters gave us that opportunity, scoring the runs as quickly as they did. Think so, coming here and playing on this wicket, the best Test I've been involved in."
Pakistan captain Babar Azam: "We were not up to the mark. After [England scored] 600 we had a plan to try and get above their score. Second innings we had a golden chance to win this Test, but session by session we lost wickets. Our bowling was young and Haris Rauf was injured so that cost us. But all credit to our bowlers. It was difficult, they were scoring at 6-7 an over, we wanted to stick to our plans but credit to them [England]. We expected that they would declare and we planned according to the situation. We had our opportunity but we couldn't get partnerships in the end. We have a lot of positives, our batting line-up performed very well and the bowling as well, so we will try to continue that in the next match."
And here's Ben Stokes: "There's a few things you can plan for, what happened to the squad a few days before the match you can't plan for. A few days ago we were running around trying to start on time. So credit to the group for coming here, turning up under the weather, Will Jacks getting the nod at the last minute and Popey having to take the gloves. What we've had to deal with coming in makes this win even better. We've played eight or nine Test matches with me and Brendon in charge and we try to focus on ourselves, take the positive option and not second guess ourselves with what the opposition might do. We've an exciting team and it was a great pitch to bat on, so a chance for us to go and express ourselves. For the lads to run in all day as they did today, it's great as a captain to see that enthusiasm. I don't think I've seen a group that want to put their bodies on the line so much. A really special group. We wanted to come here and carry on with our mantra of exciting cricket and giving ourselves an opportunity to win. We've no interest in drawing. On pitches like this you have to make things happen, make some bold decisions. We had to entice the batters to play a shot at times. Went with the seamers, and that paid off - James Anderson was fantastic today. At lunch we were in the perfect position, said to the lads this is why we declared. Probably had about eight minutes before we come off. I think it's maybe up there with one of England's greatest away wins. The toil everyone has put in is hitting everyone, Anderson is emotional up there. We've done something very special this week."
4.50pm: England, under Stokes and McCullum, don't do draws. They said before the start of the series that they would be pushing for results in Pakistan, and if they get outplayed that's okay. No question of that here, although the approach allowed Pakistan to go into the final session still in with a shot of victory. Then four wickets spell in the space of 7.3 overs, and it was a bridge too far for the last pair to hold out, even with the light fading fast. This is England's seventh win out of eight since Stokes took charge and, frankly, one of their most-audacious of all time
CricDude: "WOW England WOW. It can't be fluke these many times. Bazball is real. Bazball isn't just a batting style, it is a playing style. Can't describe more. Lost for phrases."
"Even as a die hard Pak fan of 47 years, I am glad ENG won this test. Benjamin Andrew Stokes, surely a living legend now. Plz publish." Go on then, Haroon
ShahSafeer: "Unfortunately Pakistan didn't learn anything from Aus's tour, Asia Cup and World Cup! They have been going with same old fashioned approach, and going for a draw on your own soil does not make any sense to me!!! "
Rooboy: "Nearly 1800 runs, 37 wickets, ten minutes shy of 5 days play. What a game. Test cricket rules!"
4.40pm: An incredible Test gets the dramatic denouement it deserved, and it all came down to Ben Stokes' attacking declaration on the fourth evening. They dangled the vegetable patch, then dug for victory through 96.3 overs of toil on an unforgiving Pindi deck that saw just 17 wickets fall across the first three days, This becomes the highest-scoring Test ever to produce a result, as well as the only game to do so featuring two 550-plus first innings totals. England, who weren't certain if they could field an XI on the first morning due to sickness in the camp, win for only the third time in 25 attempts in Pakistan, and will take a 1-0 lead to Multan
Adarsh: "Only England could have manufactured a result out of that Rawalpindi pitch!"
Patrick: "I think even the most one-eyed Pakistan (or even Australia) fan would concede that England deserved to win that one..."
Aayush: "The original caretakers of the game have rewritten the acceptable norms. From batting days to save test matches to batting few hours so that the bowlers can win the game. It'll be interesting to see when the other cricketing royalty catches up. Maybe another World Cup down or as soon as the Poms arrive in India. Commander in Chief, Stokes, can make it happen just like KP did it last time."
Usman: "English team has shown that better approach always win games. For Pakistan its now a food for thought. Against Australia they sufferred with this sort of approach and it seem they will suffer in this series as well. I don't wanna sound disrespectful but what you say must be reflected from your actions. England did what they said.. for Pakistan? Babar said they wanna play WTC final but did they show any intention ? any where ? in pitch preparation?, in team selection? In showing intent to win? Big no"
lets this one skip through outside off
Eight men in close, four on each side of the bat
flighted, clipped back on off stump
Leach is back on, bowling to Naseem
A pair of gloves is run out for Naseem, very Cardiff 2009. Shaves off a few more seconds
dug in, this is again too high to trouble Ali as he nods it through
Here's Harsha: "For all the smash bang cricket England have played, this is turning out to be a proper blockathon at the end and I've enjoyed both of them equally!!!!"
head-hunting bouncer, he starts to put the hands up then flinches underneath
short ball and it keeps low, 130kph/80mph but Ali watches it all the way on to the middle of the bat
dug in short, climbing through wide of off stump as Ali sways away from the line
banged in on a good length, Ali lines it up in defence. The crowd cheering every ball survived now
fullish length and defended solidly on off
Ollie Robinson is back. Umpires still happy to allow pace bowling
They've last 7.2 overs so far. England won't get that many in from here
full around the line of off, defended. Stokes is down on his knees. Can this pair hold out?
"YORK 'IM STOKESY!" squeals Andy
pitched up wide of the off stump, he's again able to leave well alone
length ball, angling down the leg side and Naseem can walk out of harm's way
England take the second new ball
short of a length, Naseem fences at it, sends the ball to gully on the bounce
dug in and he steers into the ground towards gully
Mad Masha: "Sunset in Rawalpindi today is at 16:59 so not surprising they have gone off for bad light each day..." Yep, it's a reverse-Karachi 2000 situation, with Pakistan's batters this time hoping for the light to save them
back of a length, on the stumps and defended
Looks like England might have asked for the new ball... and the light meter is now out. Still the old ball for Stokes
lobbed up on the stumps and jabbed away watchfully - sees out another over
flighted, 86kph on off and Ali props out, gets an inside edge into the turf
slightly wider on the crease and drifting in, defended once more
Leach wheels away, blocked coming forwards on off stump
flighted, angling in on middle and off, defended again
Forward short leg is on his knees
|Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||England, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||England led the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2478|
|Hours of play (local time)||10:00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 15.00|
|Match days||1,2,3,4,5 December 2022 - day (5-day match)|
|Points||England 12, Pakistan 0|